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Homemade Strawberry Jam

Total Time40 mins
Keyword: fruit, homemade jam, jam, jam recipe, strawberry, strawberry jam
Servings: 1 Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries (about 1 package)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

  • Throroughly wash the strawberries. Cut the tops off and quarter, then add to a pot along with the sugar.
  • Slice a few peices of the peel off the lemon and add to the strawberries*. Then cut the lemon in half and squeeze all the juice in as well.
  • Bring the mixture to a bubbly boil, stirring frequently.
  • After letting it boil for about 5 minutes, remove the lemon peels and use an immersion blender to mix the berries until it’s a mostly smooth consistency. (I still like to have a few chunks. Really however you prefer it)
  • Add the peels back to the pot, lower the stove temp and bring the jam to a simmer. Let it cook for about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. It should thicken a little bit but don’t worry if it’s still pretty thin.
  • Turn off the heat and let the jam cool completely, continuing to stir it pretty frequently. As it cools, it should thicken up.
  • When cool, pour the mixture into a mason jar, put the lid on tight and store it in the fridge.

Notes

*the fresh lemon peel contains pectin, a chemical that helps the jam naturally thicken.